More than 160 women hailing from Franklin and Cumberland counties can consider themselves well on their way to being healthier and better informed on topics relating to their unique health considerations as females after attending WellSpan Health’s second annual Women’s Wellness Day Saturday.
WellSpan and Shippensburg University co-sponsored the event, held in the college’s Ceddia Union Building. It featured sessions from WellSpan Health providers on topics such as polycystic ovarian syndrome, heart disease, nutrition, breastfeeding and stress management. The event also offered free screenings, including bone density, blood pressure and body composition tests.
“We’re excited to be expanding services in the Shippensburg and Carlisle areas. This supports our priority of providing high-quality care close to home,” said WellSpan Health President and CEO Roxanna Gapstur.
In the last year, WellSpan Health expanded services in the Shippensburg area to include cardiology, women’s care and pulmonology. Additionally, WellSpan Family Medicine in Shippensburg is preparing for renovations that will allow to continue care for the growing community.
In the Carlisle area, services are expanding to include WellSpan Convenient Care. With the new service, community members can be seen by a provider from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
“Shippensburg University is dedicated to ensuring Shippensburg is a strong and vibrant community. Individual wellness is an important component of that. We Are gratified to share this mission with a strong partner like WellSpan,” noted Shippensburg University President Dr. Laurie Carter. “We welcomed the opportunity to make our campus a destination for women to spend a day on their wellness and self-care.”
Gapstur, with Carter, took part in a lunchtime question-and-answer session that discussed the importance of health and wellness.
Health Care Goals
Both WellSpan Health and Shippensburg University share similar goals related to health care, including:
- Increasing access to women’s health care
- Finding easier ways to connect with a provider
- Arming women with the information they need to take control of their health
“As women, we often become busy caring for everyone around us and neglect to take time for ourselves. It’s important to be aware of the health resources available to us and age-appropriate screening we should be getting,” Gapstur said. “This event was designed to empower women by arming them with the information they need to make the best health-care decisions for themselves and their families.”
WellSpan Health regularly offers sessions to provide information and tools to help community members live healthier lives. For an upcoming session near you, click here.
By the Numbers
The day featured break-out learning sessions on topics such as heart disease, nutrition and stress management. Women who attended could enjoy a quick massage, short fitness demonstration or take part in various screenings.
Those screenings included:
- 80 body composition screenings
- 45 chair massages
- 82 bone density screenings
- 73 blood pressure screenings
- 25 fitness demonstration participants